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Vaccines Development Scientist - Process Development (m/f/x)

Job Introduction

Thanks for checking out our vacancy, we’re delighted you want to learn more about Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC.

Dechra are a growing, global specialist within the world of veterinary pharmaceuticals. Our expertise is in the development, manufacture, marketing and sales of high quality products exclusively for veterinarians worldwide.

Here at Dechra, our values are embedded within our culture and thrive within our family of almost 2000 colleague globally. From manufacturing to marketing, (D)edication, (E)njoyment, (C)ourage, (H)onesty, (R)elationships and (A)mbition are at the heart of our everyday operations and the way we do business

The Opportunity 

Active contribution to the discovery, development, registration and delivery of veterinary vaccines.

Role Responsibility

So, what will you be doing? This role has a broad and varied remit and the successful candidate will have responsibility for duties including:

  • Design and execute development of upstream/ downstream biological processes at small and large scale, including antigen production on various substrates, antigen purification and concentration, emulsion technology, freeze-drying and inactivation processes.
  • Independently plan, lead and optimize early to late stage development studies.
  • Analyse and interpret data effectively, draw conclusions, generate new hypotheses and present results.
  • Propose new experiments and technologies based on science overall, understanding vaccine development process.
  • Contribute to the development of conventional and novel veterinary vaccines (formulation development, stability testing, safety and efficacy testing).
  • Draft SOPs, change controls, deviations and risk analysis. Maintain proper records according to company policies and legal requirements.
  • Perform installation, qualification and routine maintenance of laboratory equipment.
  • Perform upscale and facilitate technical transfer of new products to cGMP manufacturing area. Provide support in defining manufacturing processes, establishing in-process controls and developing process validation strategies.
  • Supports Qualification and Validation and Engineering personnel in startup, testing and operation of manufacturing process equipment.
  • Participate in process risk assessments, investigations, deviations, change controls and CAPA implementation in support of new product introduction.
  • Closely work with other team members to support departmental goals. Collaborate with Regulatory affairs department on preparation of the registration dossiers.
  • Independently applies basic scientific principles, performs literature searches, attends scientific meetings, and keeps abreast of literature in vaccines development field.
  • Participate effectively as a team member within vaccines development laboratory and project team.
  • Provide scientific and technical guidance to team members in own area of expertise.

The Ideal Candidate

Here at Dechra we pride ourselves on being an inclusive employer and we embrace candidates from all walks of life. We’re particularly keen to hear from those who have/are:

  • University degree in veterinary medicine, pharmaceutics, biology, chemistry, biotechnology or related life sciences

  • Fluency in written and oral English.

  • Proficiency in computer program, data analysis software and technical writing skills.
  • Skilled with lab equipment.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience in process development, process upscale/downscale, transferring lab scale to pilot and commercial scale.
  • Broad understanding of overall process development and bioanalytical development activities.
  • Good understanding of scientific principles and research practices in the field of early biological process development.
  • Possess a strong understanding of critical process and operational parameters, understanding of acceptable ranges and interactions between different process parameters.
  • Experienced in data analysis, interpretation of results, troubleshooting and solving technical issues independently.
  • Work independently and able to support multiple projects simultaneously.

About the Company

All applications received are reviewed by our internal talent acquisition team and we will get in touch if your skills and experience match what we’re looking for. Should you not hear back from us within 28 days please don’t be too disappointed – we may keep your CV on our database for any future vacancies which may be suitable and we encourage you to keep an eye on our careers site. For any questions or queries, please contact us at

The legal employer on behalf of Dechra Pharmaceuticals in Croatia is Genera Inc.  

Genera Inc. is a part of the Dechra Group since 2015

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